Two Saturdays ago, Virginia Tech lost starting linebacker Jeron Gouveia-Winslow to a season-ending Lisfranc sprain in his left foot. The Hokies played Saturday without Jayron Hosley, one of the top cornerbacks in the country.
In their win against Boston College yesterday, Tech took a trio of injury hits to a defense that exited the game ranked tenth in the nation in points allowed.
The walking — or limping, as the case may be — wounded coming out of the 30-14 win? Linebacker Bruce Taylor (no relation, but pictured) suffered a foot injury in the third quarter and did not return; LB Alonzo Tweedy with a second-quarter ankle injury; and defensive end James Gayle after aggravating a left ankle injury.
Gayle missed last weekend’s win over Wake Forest with the ankle issue, while Tweedy was Gouveia-Winslow’s replacement. It’s unclear what if any time the three players will miss due to the health issues, and might not be known with any degree of certainty until Tech releases their injury report Thursday.
“A lot of people have injuries this time of the year,” head coach Frank Beamer said by way of the Washington Post. “I think we’ve had more than our share, but the next guy has got to step up.”
The No. 16 Hokies travel to Duke this weekend.
“Do something. And underline that. Do something.”
Those were the words of Urban Meyer back in May when discussing the status of Dylan Thompson with his Ohio State football program. Fastforward two months, and Thompson did indeed do something, albeit it’s a something that’s not even remotely positive.
At the Big Ten Media Days Tuesday, the OSU head coach announced that Thompson is academically ineligible for the fall semester. That means the defensive lineman likely won’t play at all in 2016, and it could mean it’s the end of the road for the player in Columbus.
Thompson came to the Buckeyes as a three-star 2014 signee, rated as the No. 21 strongside defensive end in the country and the No. 18 player at any position in the state of Illinois. An injured knee cost him his entire freshman campaign, while he didn’t play at all during his redshirt freshman season in 2015.
There was some positive news coming out of Thompson’s plight, however. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
Though bad news for Thompson, it frees up another scholarship and has allowed Ohio State to gift scholarships to former walk-ons Craig Fada and Joe Burger, both of which Meyer said will graduate in December and see the field this fall.
A family situation in Alabama is having an impact on an FBS program in Tennessee.
Memphis announced via a press release that Jamarius Henderson has been granted a release from his scholarship. Per the school, the running back “will be granted a release in order to be closer to his son.”
“We wish him all the best in his future,” first-year head coach Mike Norvell added.
As a true freshman last season, Henderson, a Midland, Ala., native, was fourth on the team in rushing yards (320) and rushing touchdowns (four) in 10 games. His 5.3 yards per carry were tops among all Tigers ballcarriers with at least 20 carries.
The 5-11, 210-pound back also caught a pair of touchdown passes among his seven receptions.
One of the most powerful men in collegiate athletics is nearing the end of his reign.
During his time at the podium during Big Ten Media Days Tuesday, commissioner Jim Delany hinted very strongly that he would not be around when the conference’s new media rights deal expires in 2022. In fact, the 68-year-old commish sounded fairly positive that he’ll be somewhere other than the league’s headquarters in Rosemont, Ill., when that deal comes up for negotiations.
“I have a lot of energy and a lot of interest in what’s going on in the college space today,” Delany said. “I will be around for a bit. Whether I’m around here for six years is probably a little bit beyond how I see it.”
A short time later, Nicole Auerbach of USA Today, citing a person with direct knowledge of the situation, reported that Delany will step down in 2020. Jut when in 2020 Delany would ceded control after more than three decades on the job isn’t clear.
Delany took over as commissioner of the conference in 1989. Arguably his greatest accomplishment in that role was helping the league to develop the Big Ten Network, an in-house ATM that has helped the conference stay in step with the SEC financially.
During his tenure, he also helped shepherd the Big ten through the maze of expansion, first with Penn State in the early nineties and then with Nebraska in 2011 and Maryland and Rutgers three years later.
The up-and-down playing career of Raheim Huskey, at least in Huntington, has officially come to an end.
Marshall announced in a press release that Huskey has been dismissed from the Thundering Herd by head coach Doc Holliday. The only reason given was “a violation of team rules and policies.
The dismissal is the latest misstep/setback for the middle linebacker.
Projected as the starter heading into summer camp last year, Huskey was leapfrogged on the depth chart by Devontre’a Tyler. Then, in October, Huskey was indefinitely suspended for unspecified violations of team rules. He was reinstated and returned to the team in time to participate in spring practice earlier this year.
After taking a redshirt as a true freshman in 2013, Huskey played in 20 games the past two seasons. He played in seven last season prior to his suspension.
In the 2014 Conference USA championship game, Huskey, starting place of the injured Jermaine Holmes, was credited with eight tackles and 2.5 sacks in the win over Louisiana Tech.